Market news

5 August 2021
  • 11:00

    United Kingdom: Asset Purchase Facility, 875 (forecast 875)

  • 11:00

    United Kingdom: BoE Interest Rate Decision, 0.1% (forecast 0.1%)

  • 10:46

    Company News: Moderna (MRNA) quarterly results beat analysts’ expectations

    Moderna (MRNA) reported Q2 FY 2021 earnings of $6.46 per share (versus -$0.31 per share in Q2 FY 2020), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $5.86 per share.

    The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $4.354 bln, beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $4.233 bln.

    MRNA rose to $419.99 (+0.22%) in pre-market trading.

  • 10:37

    USD/JPY: Key day reversal to warrant stability for the yen - Commerzbank

    FXStreet notes that yen weakness is seen across the board. Nonetheless, the USD/JPY pair posted a Key day reversal which points to stabilization, Axel Rudolph, Senior FICC Technical Analyst at Commerzbank, says.

    “USD/JPY slipped below the 109.07 July low but managed to level out above the 108.56 late May low by making a key day reversal at 108.73 yesterday, pointing to short-term stabilization.”

    “Minor resistance comes in along the 55-day moving average at 110.02 and is currently in focus.”

    “Only a drop through 108.56 would engage the 107.48 April low.”

  • 10:17

    Disruptions in the global supply chain hit commodities - TDS

    FXStreet reports that strategists at TD Securities note that global supply chains have been ravaged by an unforgiving series of disruptions. Power generation has been hampered by coal shortages and extreme weather in China. At the same time, Bitcoin mining activity was particularly power-hungry, amid a trading frenzy. Rising metals supply risk and a large global surplus point to structural frictions in the world of commodity trading.

    “While electricity generation problems were significant factors, Bitcoin's trading frenzy may have also contributed to the surge in power demand which ultimately forced Beijing to curtail smelters' output.”

    “Regardless, China's Bitcoin mining ban should alleviate demand on the grid, while officials work to tackle power supply issues, which should also soon be addressed barring extreme weather.”

    “More importantly for commodities will be the world's ability to correct the disruptions in the global supply chain.”

  • 10:08

    Company News: Uber (UBER) quarterly results beat analysts’ estimates

    Uber (UBER) reported Q2 FY 2021 GAAP earnings of $0.58 per share (versus -$1.02 per share in Q2 FY 2020), much better than analysts’ consensus estimate of -$0.53 per share.

    The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $3.929 bln (+75.3% y/y), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $3.762 bln.

    UBER fell to $40.20 (-3.85%) in pre-market trading.

  • 09:58

    Markets are set for a correction and Japan could be among hardest hit - SEB

    CNBC reports that Sean Yokota, Singapore head of markets at the SEB, warns that stock markets are set to see losses ahead, and Japanese stocks could wind up being the hardest hit.

    “For the next couple of months, I think you’re going to see some downside risk, especially going into the fall. I think stock markets are in for a correction,” Yokota said.

    He said Japanese markets could “suffer the most in this environment” as the country struggles with rising Covid cases as well as lackluster inflation.

    Investor sentiment has also been weighed down in recent weeks by concerns over whether the global economic recovery from the pandemic has already peaked. While the U.S. economy is now larger than it was before the pandemic, its growth rate may have peaked at a much slower than expected pace.

    SEB’s Yokota said he sees a slowdown in growth ahead.

    “You can have transitory inflation, you could have transitory growth as well, where this pent up demand that you had fades away,” he said.

    Higher inflation tends to pressure stock prices as it reduces expectations for earnings growth. Rising inflation in the U.S. has sent jitters through the market this year, raising concerns about whether the Federal Reserve may roll back its easy policies earlier than expected.

  • 09:41

    US Dollar Index to reach new highs above 93.50 as taper talk increases – Westpac

    FXStreet reports that economists at Westpac discuss US Dollar Index (DXY) prospects,

    “Fed Vice Chair Clarida added serious heft to the growing chorus of centrist leaning FOMC members in favour of scaling back stimulus, joining Waller, Daly and Bullard in recent weeks. 

    “Evidence has been building that peak US rebound momentum is in the rear-view mirror. But fresh all-time cycle high for the services ISM suggest that those parts most heavily battered by covid are still finding fresh gears".

    “A July payrolls print in the 600-900K range, and another strong CPI next week will likely keep Jackson Hole and September FOMC taper announcement timelines intact.” 

    “DXY should continue to find support in the 91.5-92.0 area and as taper talk rises to a crescendo in Q3 could see new highs beyond 93.50.”

  • 09:21

    US President to push for electric vehicles to make up 40% or more of U.S. auto sales by 2030

    CNBC reports that President Joe Biden will set a new national target for the adoption of electric vehicles on Thursday, calling for them to represent 40% to 50% of all new auto sales by 2030, according to senior administration officials.  

    Though the president will sign an executive order, the sales target is not mandatory. Instead, the document encourages the U.S. auto industry and government to promote legislation and the adoption of electrified vehicles. The target includes zero-emission vehicles powered by fuel cells and batteries as well as plug-in hybrid models with internal combustion engines.

    The Biden administration also is expected to announce proposed federal fuel economy and emission standards through the 2026 model-year that build on California’s tougher regulations, the officials said. The proposed standards are subject to a public comment period and final approval.

  • 09:00

    GBP/USD to surpass 1.40 if BoE hawks win the battle – SocGen

    FXStreet reports that economists at Société Générale are discussing pound prospects in the light of the Bank of England meeting.

    “Support to maintain the current pace of Gilt purchases and complete the GBP875 B programme in December as originally set out should still be in the majority vs those who think purchases should be curtailed. The bank is of the view that higher inflation is temporary, but inflation expectations one year out have drifted above 3%. A split vote could in theory be read as positive for sterling and a steepening in Gilts and swaps.” 

    “The covering of short GBP/USD CFTC positions could lend support for a squeeze back to 1.3950 but 1.40 will be a tough slog without concrete guidance that QE will end this year.”

  • 08:45

    UK сonstruction PMI fell sharply in July

    According to the report from IHS Markit/CIPS the recovery in UK construction output lost momentum since June, with slower growth seen in all three main categories of work. Survey respondents often cited difficulties keeping pace with the recent surge in demand for construction projects, especially due to raw material supply shortages and shrinking sub-contractor availability. With demand for construction materials continuing to outstrip supply, latest data signalled another steep increase in purchasing prices. Around 81% of the survey panel reported a rise in their average cost burdens during July, while only 1% signalled a decline.

    The headline seasonally adjusted UK Construction PMI Total Activity Index registered 58.7 in July, down sharply from June's 24-year high of 66.3 but still well above the crucial 50.0 no-change threshold. The latest reading signalled the slowest overall increase in construction output since February.

    House building was the best-performing category in July (index at 60.3), followed closely by commercial building (59.2). In both cases, the rate of expansion was the weakest since February. Civil engineering activity (55.0) followed the momentum seen elsewhere in the construction sector during July, with growth easing sharply since June and the lowest for five months.

    Total order books continued to improve in July, but the latest rise in new work was the weakest since March. Similarly, input buying expanded at the slowest pace since April amid a softer recovery in demand. Construction companies also noted that reduced materials availability had acted as a brake on purchasing volumes in July.

    Finally, construction firms continued to hire staff at a strong pace, reflecting rising orders and confidence regarding the near-term outlook. While optimism toward future output growth remained historically high, the index drifted down to its lowest for six months in July.

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: PMI Construction, July 58.7 (forecast 64)

  • 08:17

    UK new car market slows as shortages suppress growth

    According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), July’s new car registrations fell by -29.5% to 123,296 units. The decline was artificially heightened by comparison with the same month last year, when registrations rose dramatically as showrooms enjoyed a full month’s operation following the first 2020 lockdown.

    However, the July performance was down -22.3% on the average recorded over the past decade, as the ongoing semiconductor shortage and the ‘pandemic’ impacted on both supply and demand. As a result, this was the weakest July for new car registrations since 1998, prior to the introduction of the two-plate system.

    The decline was predominantly within large fleets which, at 61,140 units, was some -28.7% lower than the average recorded over the past decade. Private registrations declined by a lesser extent, -10.7%, to 59,841 units.

    The bumper growth in plug-in vehicles continued, however, with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounting for 9.0% of registrations, while plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) reached 8.0%. All new car segments experienced declines, but Britain’s most popular types of cars remained superminis (32.9% of registrations), lower medium (28.0%) and dual purpose (27.3%).

    Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "The automotive sector continues to battle against shortages of semiconductors and staff, which is throttling our ability to translate a strengthening economic outlook into a full recovery. The next few weeks will see changes to self-isolation policies which will hopefully help those companies across the industry dealing with staff absences, but the semiconductor shortage is likely to remain an issue until at least the rest of the year. As a result, we have downgraded the market outlook slightly for 2021. The bright spot, however, remains the increasing demand for electrified vehicles as consumers respond in ever greater numbers to these new technologies, driven by increased product choice, fiscal and financial incentives and an enjoyable driving experience".

  • 07:59

    Fall in eurozone construction activity renewed in July

    According to the report from IHS Markit, at 49.8 in July, the Eurozone Construction Total Activity Index fell from 50.3 in June and pointed to a marginal reduction in overall construction activity. This marked the first fall in activity since February, with companies often linking the decline to rising costs and raw material shortages. Sub-sector data showed slightly quicker falls in both commercial and civil engineering activity in July, while home building activity expanded at the softest rate for three months.

    Home building in the eurozone increased for the fifth successive month in July. That said, the rate of expansion eased to a modest pace that was the softest recorded since April. Work undertaken on commercial construction projects in the eurozone fell again in July, thereby stretching the current sequence of decline to 17 months. Though modest, the rate of reduction was the quickest seen since April. As has been the case since August 2019, civil engineering activity fell across the eurozone at the start of the third quarter. The pace of reduction quickened slightly since June, and was solid overall.

    Eurozone construction firms were confident in July that activity will increase over the next year. Notably, the degree of positive sentiment was little-changed from June's two-year peak.

  • 07:40

    WTI and Brent to surge higher towards $80 when Delta worries dissipate – TDS

    FXStreet reports that while additional downside risk is possible, strategists at TD Securities see oil as a buying opportunity after rout.

    “The petroleum complex will continue to show weakness for as long as the risks from new COVID-19 breakouts are not well defined. However, we also believe that the impact on petroleum product demand may not be as severe as some fear, owing to the fact the world has gotten used to dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, and that much of the Western world is becoming better protected with vaccines. This includes the US, as vaccine distribution is likely to grow.”

    “With demand likely still increasing rapidly into Q3-2021 and shale supply hindered by the lack of meaningful capital expenditure growth, the proposed production increase by OPEC+ imply a deficit market over next couple months, provided that the spread of COVID does not catalyze widespread lockdowns.”

    “We believe that the crude market could see prices spike when Delta worries moderate, with WTI and Brent looking toward $80/b again.”

  • 07:20

    Asian session review: the dollar consolidated against most currencies

    TimeCountryEventPeriodPrevious valueForecastActual
    01:30AustraliaTrade Balance June9.26910.4510.496
    06:00GermanyFactory Orders s.a. (MoM)June-3.2%1.9%4.1%
    06:45FranceIndustrial Production, m/mJune-0.4%0.6%0.5%


    During today's Asian trading, the US dollar stabilized against the euro, but fell against the pound and the Japanese yen.

    The ICE index, which tracks the dynamics of the dollar against six currencies (euro, swiss franc, yen, canadian dollar, pound sterling and swedish krona), rose by 0.01%.

    The dollar index rose to weekly highs on the eve of the "hawkish" comments of the deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve System Richard Clarida. Clarida admitted that the rapid spread of the new COVID-19 "delta" strain carries risks for the US economy, but voiced a rather optimistic picture for the coming years. In his opinion, the situation on the US labor market will continue to improve, and inflation will remain above 2%, as a result of which "the necessary conditions for the Fed to raise the rate will be created by the end of 2022," and this will pave the way for its rise in 2023.

    The index of business activity in the US services sector from ISM in July rose to a record 64.1 points from 60.1 points a month earlier, according to data from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), published on Wednesday. Experts expected an increase in the index to 60.5 points.

    The pound rose by 0.15% against the US dollar. Market participants are waiting for the results of the Bank of England meeting, which will be announced today.

  • 07:01

    French industrial production grew less than expected in June

    According to the report from Insee, in June 2021, output recovered in the manufacturing industry (+0.9%, after –0.6%), as well as in the whole industry (+0.5%, after –0.4%). Economists had expected a 0.6% increase in the whole industry. Compared to February 2020 (the last month before the first general lockdown), output remained in sharp decline in the manufacturing industry (–6.2%), as well as in the whole industry (–5.3%).

    In June, output rose in “other manufacturing” (+0.8% after stability). It recovered in the manufacture of transport equipment (+2.3% after –5.5%) and in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (+0.8% after −1.7%). It expanded again in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum (+8.3% after +5.2%).

    In June 2021, output remained in sharp decline compared to its February 2020 level in most industrial activities. It plummeted in the manufacture of transport equipment (−28.0%), both in the manufacture of other transport equipment (−27.8%) and in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (−28.3%). 

    Due to a significant “base effect” owing to the first general lockdown from March to May 2020, cumulative output over the second quarter of 2021 bounced back compared to the same quarter of 2020 in the manufacturing industry (+24.0%), as well as in the whole industry (+22.0%).

    Over this one-year period, output increased strongly in the manufacture of transport equipment (+40.2%), in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (+28.0%), in “other manufacturing” (+26.0%), in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (+12.4%), in the manufacture of food products and beverages (+8.5%) and in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+10.3%).

  • 06:45

    France: Industrial Production, m/m, June 0.5% (forecast 0.6%)

  • 06:30

    USD: Growth peak has likely passed - BofA

    eFXdata reports that Bank of America Global Research argues that the growth peak has likely passed.

    "Economic recoveries are usually followed by corrections…Looking over the past 90 years, we find that every economic recovery has run into a substantial drawdown at some point in the first two years following troughs in US GDP, with the S&P 500 falling an average of 18-20%, and only one episode below 10%. Given this regularity in recovery dynamics, is history bound to repeat?, And peak growth with early tapering is increasing risk. Furthermore, the recovery in risk assets has already matched or exceeded those of the first two years of previous recoveries in half the time. With this confluence of risks and how fast and far markets have gone, caution seems warranted," BofA adds.

  • 06:29

    Options levels on thursday, August 5, 2021

    EUR/USD

    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.1905 (2393)

    $1.1870 (1899)

    $1.1854 (1073)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.1834

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.1793 (2609)

    $1.1748 (5296)

    $1.1699 (10348)


    Comments:

    - Overall open interest on the CALL options and PUT options with the expiration date August, 6 is 72616 contracts (according to data from August, 4) with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,1700 (10348);


    GBP/USD

    $1.4005 (1623)

    $1.3963 (754)

    $1.3931 (1063)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.3885

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.3831 (283)

    $1.3792 (777)

    $1.3747 (904)


    Comments:

    - Overall open interest on the CALL options with the expiration date August, 6 is 16468 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,4150 (1782);

    - Overall open interest on the PUT options with the expiration date August, 6 is 19363 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3400 (1677);

    - The ratio of PUT/CALL was 1.18 versus 1.17 from the previous trading day according to data from August, 4

     

    * - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange bulletin (CME) is used for the calculation.

    ** - Open interest takes into account the total number of option contracts that are open at the moment.

  • 06:15

    German factory orders rose sharply in June

    According to provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), real (price adjusted) new orders increased by a seasonally and calendar adjusted 4.1% in June 2021 compared with May 2021. Economists had expected a 1.9% increase. Excluding major orders, real new orders in manufacturing were 1.7% higher than in the previous month.

    Compared with February 2020, which was the month before restrictions were imposed due to the corona pandemic in Germany, new orders in June 2021 were 11.2% higher in seasonally and calendar adjusted terms. Compared with June 2020 (-11.4% compared to June 2019), the increase in calendar adjusted new orders amounted to +26.2%.

    Domestic orders increased by 9.6%. Major orders had a substantial effect on the domestic result of the month. Foreign orders went up by 0.4% in June 2021 on the previous month. New orders from the euro area increased 1.3%, and new orders from other countries fell by 0.2% compared with May 2021.

    In June 2021, the manufacturers of intermediate goods saw new orders increase by 1.4% compared with May 2021. The manufacturers of capital goods saw an increase of 6.8% on the previous month. Regarding consumer goods, new orders fell by 1.1%.

  • 06:00

    Germany: Factory Orders s.a. (MoM), June 4.1% (forecast 1.9%)

  • 02:30

    Commodities. Daily history for Wednesday, August 4, 2021

    Raw materials Closed Change, %
    Brent 70.35 -3.06
    Silver 25.359 -0.57
    Gold 1811.347 0.07
    Palladium 2645.45 0.14
  • 01:30

    Australia: Trade Balance , June 10.496 (forecast 10.45)

  • 00:30

    Schedule for today, Thursday, August 5, 2021

    Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
    01:30 (GMT) Australia Trade Balance June 9.681 10.45
    06:00 (GMT) Germany Factory Orders s.a. (MoM) June -3.7% 1.5%
    06:45 (GMT) France Industrial Production, m/m June -0.3% 0.6%
    08:00 (GMT) Eurozone ECB Economic Bulletin    
    08:30 (GMT) United Kingdom PMI Construction July 66.3 64
    11:00 (GMT) United Kingdom Asset Purchase Facility 875 875
    11:00 (GMT) United Kingdom BoE Interest Rate Decision 0.1% 0.1%
    11:00 (GMT) United Kingdom Bank of England Minutes    
    12:30 (GMT) U.S. Continuing Jobless Claims July 3269 3260
    12:30 (GMT) U.S. Initial Jobless Claims July 400 384
    12:30 (GMT) Canada Trade balance, billions June -1.39 -0.8
    12:30 (GMT) U.S. International Trade, bln June -71.2 -73.9
    22:30 (GMT) Australia AIG Services Index July 57.8  
    23:00 (GMT) Australia RBA's Governor Philip Lowe Speaks    
    23:30 (GMT) Japan Labor Cash Earnings, YoY June 1.9%  
    23:30 (GMT) Japan Household spending Y/Y June 11.6% 0.1%
  • 00:15

    Currencies. Daily history for Wednesday, August 4, 2021

    Pare Closed Change, %
    AUDUSD 0.73784 -0.2
    EURJPY 129.542 0.16
    EURUSD 1.18349 -0.23
    GBPJPY 151.99 0.21
    GBPUSD 1.3885 -0.18
    NZDUSD 0.70411 0.34
    USDCAD 1.25426 0.07
    USDCHF 0.90569 0.24
    USDJPY 109.46 0.39
5 August 2021

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